त्रयस्त्रिंशोऽध्यायः अथातोऽन्धपूतनाप्रतिषेधं व्याख्यास्यामः, भगवान् धन्वन्तरिः ॥ १ ॥ यथोवाच
Now we shall discourse on the chapter which deals with the medical treatment of ( an attack by) Andha-putana (Andha-putana Pratisedha). 1
तिक्तकद्रुमपत्राणां कार्यः क्वाथोऽवसेचने ॥ २ ॥
सुरा सौवीरकं कुष्ठ हरितालं मनः शिला । । तथा सर्जरसश्चैव तैलार्थमुपदिश्यते ॥ ३ ॥
पिप्पल्यः पिप्पलीमूलं वर्गो मधुरको मधु । शालपर्णी बृहत्यौ च घृतार्थमुपदिश्यते ॥ ४ ॥
The decoction of the leaves of the tree of the Tiktaka gana (tree of bitter taste) should be used in sprinkling (the body of the possessed child ). Sura (wine), Souviraka ( a kind of acid gruel), Kustha, Haritala, Manah-sila and Sarjarasa (resin) should be used in due proportion in medicating the oil (for the child) and medicated Ghrita should be duly cooked with the Kalka and decoction of Pippali, Pippali-mula, the drugs of the Madhura group, Salaparni and the two kinds of Brhati with the addition of honey (as an after-throw). 2-4.
सर्वगन्धैः प्रदेहश्च गात्रेष्वक्ष्णोश्च शीतलैः ॥ ५ ॥
पुरीषं कौक्कुटं केशांश्चर्म सर्पत्वचं तथा । जीर्णञ्च भिक्षुसङ्घाटीं धूपनायोपकल्पयेत् ॥ ६ ॥
कुक्कुटीं मर्कटीं शिम्बीमनन्ताञ्चापि धारयेत् ॥ ७ ॥
Plaster of the drugs of the Sarva-gandha (Eladi) group should be applied to the body of the child and its eyes should be soothed with cold applications. The faeces of the the cock, its feather and skin’, the cast-off skin of a snake and the ragged garment of a (Buddhist) monk 2 should be used for fumigating the child’s body. The child should be made to wear (the roots of ) Kukkut, Markati, Simbi and Ananta as a charm. 5-7.
मांसमामं तथा पक्कं शोणितञ्च चतुष्पथे । निवेद्यमन्तश्च गृहे शिशो रक्षानिमित्ततः ॥ ८ ॥
शिशोश्च स्त्रपनं कुर्यात् सर्वगन्धोदिकैः शुभैः ॥ ९॥
कराला पिङ्गला मुण्डा कषायाम्बरवासिनी । देवी बालमिमं प्रीता संरक्षत्वन्धपूतना ॥ १० ॥
Offerings of meat, cooked or uncooked, and of blood should be made (to Andhaputana) at the crossing of roads or inside a house for the protection of the child, which (with its nurse) should also be bathed with the decoction of the holy drugs of the Sarva-gandha group. The Mantra runs as follows : — – ‘May the dreadful, brown-coloured, baldheaded, goddess Andha-putana, wearing a red-coloured garment be pleased to save this child.” 8-10.
इति सश्रुत-संहितायामुत्तरतन्त्रेऽन्धपूतनाप्रतिषेधो नाम त्रयस्त्रिंशोऽध्यायः ॥ ३३ ॥
Thus ends the thirty-third chapter in the Uttara-Tantra of the Susruta Samhita which deals with the medical treatment of (an attack by Andha-putana.
11 1. Some explain ‘‘केशान्’ (hair) and चर्म (skin) as those of man and not of a cock. 2. Bhavaprakasa reads “जीर्णञ्चाभीक्षाशी वासः i.e. very old cloth. This reading does not suggest that the cloth to be used should have been worn by a Buddhist monk.